International Education Week at Vanderbilt is Nov. 2-16. The week-long series of events are co-sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services, Global Education Office, and Vanderbilt International Office in coordination with Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Holocaust Lecture Series, LGBTQI Life, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt Law School, Robert Penn Warren Center, Humphrey Fellows, College of Arts & Science.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sarratt Promenade
Come explore the Maymester opportunities abroad and in the U.S.! Over 12 destinations abroad, meet the faculty, and pick up information.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
WOW: Countries in Transition
Noon-1 p.m., Student Life Center Lower, Level Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
Visiting Humphrey Fellows Aye Myint Than Htay (Myanmar/Burma) & Cathy Arendse (South Africa) will talk about their countries’ recent governmental transitions. Aye will discuss the initiatives of Myanmar’s new government and the implications for the country. Cathy will talk about the progress South Africa’s government has made since apartheid.
Immigration Presentation for International Postdoctoral Fellows, Students and Scholars
2-3 p.m., 202 Light Hall
In this workshop, attorneys from Leavy, Frank, and Delaney LLC will discuss non-immigrant visas—including J-Visas, 212(e) Waivers, H-1B Visas, H-Visa availability, O-Visa, and TN Visas. They will also touch on immigrant visas including both employment and family-based visas (through spouse, parent, child, sibling). Issues concerning self-sponsored visas, national interest waivers, and internationals with extraordinary ability will also be discussed. This is an informational workshop and is co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (PDA) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Presented by Leavy, Frank, and Delaney LLC; Sponsored by BRET
Global Education Office Photo Contest Winners’ Reception
3:30-5 p.m., Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room
The Global Education Office (GEO) holds an annual photo contest for all Vanderbilt students studying abroad. This year’s twelve winners will briefly discuss their photos which will be available for viewing in large print. The winners will have their photos published in the GEO calendar. The grand winner will be decided at the reception through ballot voting. Light refreshments will be served.
iLens: Our Beloved Month of August
7 p.m., Sarratt Cinema
Portugal, France (2008) Dir: Miguel Gomes. This subtle comedy freewheels across the rural Portuguese landscape stopping at music festivals and villages. This hybrid of documentary and fiction captures a charming series of vignettes—eccentric and cerebral—an arthouse event, yes, but also witty and emotionally engaged. French and Portuguese with English subtitles. Rated R. 147 min. Funding provided by Nashville Premiers. Presented by Heather McRae, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Thursday, Nov. 10
Humphrey Café Topic: The Ethics of Study Abroad
12:30-1:30 p.m., Home Economics Building, Room 104 (First Floor Conference Room)
Humphrey Café is an open discussion about current happenings and hot topics in the world. Enjoy some food, share your thoughts, and get an international perspective on things from the Humphrey Fellows (educational experts from all over the world). Light lunch is provided!
Atlantic World Studies Seminar: Enslaved Cowboys of Southern Brazil: Strategies of Domination and Resistance
4 p.m., Black Cultural Center Auditorium
Presented by Karl Monsma of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Co-sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, and the Departments of History and English.
Friday, Nov. 11
To See Ourselves As Others See Us: A Look in the International Mirror
Noon-1 p.m., Sarratt Room 325/327
How are Americans perceived around the world today, and why does it matter? In addition to lecturing, David Durham shows video testimonials and moderates an open forum where international students are asked to share their perceptions before arriving on American shores, as well as their real experiences since arriving in this country. American students strongly encouraged to attend as well!
Sunday, Nov. 13
Holocaust Lecture Series: Isaac Nehama,Holocaust Survivor from Greece
7 p.m., The Commons Center
Isaac Nehama was still in high school when Athens was occupied by the Axis powers in 1941. Because the Italians administered Athens, the Jewish population did not initially suffer. Yet, in September of 1943, when German troops began to occupy the area, the situation for the Jewish population took a turn for the worse. Only his brother Samuel survived after two concentration camps and a death march. The Holocaust Lecture Series is a program of the Office of Religious Life and Office of the Dean of Students.
Monday, Nov. 14
World Market Fair
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sarratt Promenade
Vendors with items from all over the world will be selling their wares! Come purchase a variety of items such as jewelry from Ecuador, coffee or a basket from Burundi, scarves from Tibet, or a purse from Turkey.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Global Debate: The Future of Record Companies
8:30-10:30 a.m., Law School, Flynn Auditorium
Should music labels die? Their expertise in producing artists seems less relevant with high quality studio software and new ways of promoting music and artists. But while more music is available than ever before, how will users find it without labels, who will set up business models that reward those who write and perform music, and who will have the resources to enforce copyright? Participants from Vanderbilt Law School, Melbourne University, Columbia University, Nashville, and Melbourne-based record executives, and a well known journalist will debate both sides of the issue. Sponsored by Vanderbilt Law School and Vanderbilt International Office
Vanderbilt Owen Global Business Association: Immersion Trip to Turkey
1-2 p.m., Management Hall Room 222
The Vanderbilt Owen Global Business Association’s mission is to facilitate the understanding and discussion of business practices throughout the world, while also enabling our international community to share unique cultural insights. This year’s annual GBA trip was to Istanbul, Turkey, during the October break. This global immersion trip included visits to multiple businesses in Istanbul, cultural expeditions, and economic discussions. Participants in the program will present insights gained from exploring business in this emerging economy and lead a discussion regarding Turkey’s position in the global marketplace.
iLens: Sons of Lwala
7 p.m., Sarratt Cinema
USA (2008) Dir: Barry Simons. While attending Vanderbilt University Medical School, brothers Milton and Fred Ochieng’ lost both of their parents to AIDS. Consequently, they were left with a heartbreaking task: to return home to their village in Kenya and finish the health clinic their father started before getting sick. This documentary follows them on their incredible journey as they find a way, despite all odds, to open their village’s first hospital. Not Rated. 71 min. Presented by Lwala Community Alliance
Wednesday, Nov. 16
WOW: Morocco Maymester
Noon-1 p.m., Sarratt Room 325/327
Explore the Morocco Maymester through the eyes of past participants. A professor will be available for questions and to give you more information regarding the program. Middle Eastern food will be provided. Presented by Sherif Barsoum
iLens: Retorno A Hansala (Return to Hansala)
7 p.m., Sarratt Cinema
Spain (2008) Dir: Chus Gutierrez. Inspired by countless recent stories of African migrants’ bodies washing up on Spanish shores, this drama traces the journey of a funeral home owner and a young Moroccan girl to deliver the body of her deceased brother back to their home village. The message becomes clear as the villagers bear the plight of the African migrant.
Spanish, Arabic, and Berber with English subtitles. Not Rated. 95 min. Presented by Michelle Shepherd, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
International Transgender Day of Remembrance
7 p.m., Student Life Center Ballroom A
International Transgender Day of Remembrance is set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28, 1998, kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” Web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder—like most antitransgender murder cases—has yet to be solved. The event will include an invocation, some musical and poetic performances from students and community members, a reading of names as is customary at all ITDORs, and a call to action. There will be a small reception afterward. Sponsored by the Office of LGBTQI Life.
Contact: Heather Young